Latest UpdatesTOKYO: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Accelerator Program “Tech Business Camp Tokyo” Now Accepting Applications

Sep 19, 2019

In order to boost Tokyo’s international competitiveness and create further growth, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) has continued to proactively introduce initiatives to attract foreign companies, and promoted the transfer of leading technologies and know-how from overseas companies to domestic ones.
In addition to TMG’s initiatives thus far, from FY 2017 onwards TMG also launched an accelerator program targeting foreign startup companies (hereinafter “foreign companies”) possessing cutting-edge technologies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, such as artificial intelligence (AI), VR/AR, robotics and IoT, etc.

Program features This program invites foreign companies to come to Tokyo to learn about the unique aspects of the Japanese market and needs of companies within the city, while also aiming to create business matchups between the foreign companies and Tokyo companies by providing the latter with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the former’s technologies. By matching up Tokyo companies and foreign companies with leading software technologies, TMG hopes to achieve its vision of becoming a “Safe City”, a “Diverse City” and a “Smart City”.
The program will follow the sequence below, and focus on activities 2. and 3. over a short period of around two months.
  1. Application and selection of foreign companies possessing leading technologies and business models, such as AI, VR/AR, robotics and IoT to participate in the program.
  2. Provide support for the creation of business plans by matching selected foreign companies with local companies and IT vendors, etc.
  3. Host pitch events, with participants including investors and companies from Tokyo.
Host Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Language English
Overview for Applicants
  1. Target Companies
    Foreign companies possessing the latest IT technologies and business models, which do not yet have a presence in Japan (see the website below for details).
  2. How to apply
    Confirm the items listed on the website below and use the format provided.
  3. Cost of Participation
    Please refer to the 'Application Guidelines' on the website.
  4. Number of Foreign Companies to be selected
    Approximately ten (10) Foreign Companies will be selected for the program.
  5. Application deadline
    Friday November 8th 2019, 23:59 JST
  6. Website
    TECH BUSINESS CAMP TOKYO 2019External site: a new window will open.

Tentative schedule

September 12 : Applications open
Mid-December: Announcement of successful participants (approx. 10 companies)
Start of January 2020: Introductory Seminar
Mid-January - March: Mentoring, business planning, networking, business matching
Mid-March: Pitch event (public)


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